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Building Burger's Biggest Part One: The Vision Page 4

By the time Jack and Marilyn show up on the balcony overhead, about a dozen Burger employees have gathered in the bay below. Even O’Keeffe has left his office to come watch. Before, this procedure had to be done outside and took more than a few days, including moving the keel into and out of the shed. With the new building hall, however, the boat can remain in place and the work should be done before clock-out.

David Ross stands with Jack and Marilyn behind the balcony’s yellow handrail as the huge slab of aluminum moves into position. Ross tries to make small talk, but Jack’s eyes are squarely ahead, like a new father’s in a delivery room. Young stands with arms folded below, a few dozen feet from the workers in hard hats, watching like the sitter entrusted with caring for the infant. Gagnon, the director of manufacturing, hawks the scene with an equal amount of intensity.

The Time for Us project is very much underway.

“I’ll feel more comfortable when the details start coming together,” Gagnon says. “It’s not that we can’t do it. It’s that we just haven’t done it yet.”

BUILDING BURGER'S BIGGEST

Part One: The Vision
In the first of a three-part series, we go inside to follow a 155-foot yacht from concept to completion.

Part Two: The Construction
Team turnovers and learning-curve delays threaten the delivery timetable for the 155-foot Time for Us.

Time for Us = Time for You?
Time for Us is available for sale.

This article originally appeared in the November 2006 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.